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Biotech Medicine

UK Scientists Create a Three-Parent Embryo 201

Posted by kdawson
from the like-changing-the-battery dept.
Troll-Under-D'Bridge writes "The BBC reports that British scientists have manufactured embryos containing genetic material from a man and two women. Under the procedure developed by scientists from Newcastle University, the nuclei from a father's sperm and a mother's egg are transferred into a second woman's egg 'from which the nucleus had been removed, but which retained its mitochondria.' The research, which may 'help mothers with rare genetic disorders have healthy children,' used embryos left over from in-vitro fertilization treatment."
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UK Scientists Create a Three-Parent Embryo

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  • by toastar (573882) on Friday April 16, 2010 @12:23PM (#31873180)

    The definition of biological parentage (as opposed to adopted parentage) has always been genetic. Just because the egg cell came from a third party does not make her a parent. She supplied no DNA. I'm sure that one day scientists will mix and match DNA from three human beings, but that is not what this article is about.

    but mitochondrial dna has a larger effect then you might think. Specifically metabolism can you imagine two identical twins where one was fat and the other skinny?

  • Re:Really? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) <.marc.paradise. .at. .gmail.com.> on Friday April 16, 2010 @12:46PM (#31873468) Homepage Journal

    I do agree with you - we're allegedly a rational species that can (not does, "can") place ourselves above base instincts and drives. Unfortunately, it's not just biology

    One could reasonably argue that manufacturing a child via syringe is literally a part of biology but it has nothing to do with instinct.

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